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Alvin eliminates Lady Mavs from playoffs

May 6, 2019

Overnight, Alvin High School’s softball team went from delivering seeing-eye singles to hard-hit shots, a change that ended Pasadena Memorial’s campaign.

The Lady Yellowjackets erupted for five runs in just two innings for the appetizer before the main course produced an 11-4 Area championship-clinching victory over the Lady Mavs at the Pasadena ISD Softball Complex.

While the Lady Mavs, held to two hits the night before in a 3-0 defeat, also showed signs of bringing out the heavy artillery with a three-run second inning, they just couldn’t match Alvin’s consistent firepower.

Alvin’s not done with the Pasadena ISD assignments. This weekend, May 10-11, the Lady Yellowjackets, the District 24-6A champions, now advance to play Dobie in a third-round contest. Dobie earned its meeting with Alvin by double dipping Clear Springs 8-4 and 14-4.

Anabella Valadez was the starting and losing pitcher, who got roughed up for those five early runs, before Eryn Livingston relieved her in the third.

All of Alvin’s remaining six runs arrived from the fourth inning on. Livingston, however, was aided by an inning-ending 4-3 double play during her first inning of work.

Jodie Aguirre picked up the win for the second time in as many nights. After getting roughed up for three runs in the second inning, she returned to the pitcher that was on display in Wednesday night’s Game 1.

An Alicia Lopez single erased Alvin’s opening 1-0 lead, but in the second frame, Alvin sent 10 batters to the plate, collecting five hits.

Lopez’s hit was the first by a Lady Maverick in the series from someone other than Valadez. In Game 1, Valadez accounted for Memorial’s only two hits and then she doubled off the fence to start the first inning.

The big blows were the two-RBI single off the second baseman’s glove by Chloe Foster and Clarissa Barron’s RBI single to center that made it 4-1.

Memorial attempted twice to nab runners at home plate but the throws from the outfield were late. That meant a new Lady Yellowjacket was sprinting into second base after their singles.

Not helping was the collision between Valadez and her catcher just up the first-base line as the two went for a simple fly ball that would have been the third out.

That snafu scored Alvin’s fifth run. Take away that mistake and Memorial possibly creates a tie game about 20 minutes later.

But there would be no more chances to tie the game because the Lady Yellowjackets were busy putting the bi-district championship out of reach.

GAME NOTES: Head coach Christina Mata changed her lineup a little bit for Game 2. She moved Valadez from the third spot in the order to the leadoff spot and Haleigh Carter, usually the leading lady, to the second slot. Lopez, who had the game-tying single in the first, had been fifth but was batting clean-up for Game 2.

ravery@hcnonline.com